Kirk Minihane is joined by author James Andrew Miller to discuss his latest book Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency. Kirk and James also talked about his books on Saturday Night Live and ESPN in a wide-ranging interview.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL preseason: Patriots at Giants, 7 p.m. (WBZ-TV, NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Seahawks at Raiders, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Charlotte at Louisville, 7 p.m. (FSN)
College football: Indiana at Florida International, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rice at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Oregon State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
MLB: Giants at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Liberty at Fever, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

— Criticism — and some support — continues to rain down on Colin Kaepernick, but the 49ers quarterback isn’t backing down regarding his national anthem protest. Kaepernick has said he will not stand during the song until police brutality against minorities stops.

On Wednesday it was revealed that Kaepernick has been wearing socks at practice the last couple of weeks that are decorated with cartoons of pigs heads adorned with police hats.

Even before that information came out, seven anonymous NFL executives interviewed by Bleacher Report said Kaepernick is not likely to be signed should the 49ers decided to cut him (he lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert last year and was on the trade block during the offseason).

One executive labeled Kaepernick “a traitor,” saying: “I don’t want him anywhere near my team.”

Another sample comment: “He has no respect for our country. [Expletive] that guy.”

One official said Kaepernick is the most disliked player in the league since Rae Carruth, who remains in jail for plotting to murder his pregnant girlfriend in 1999 while playing receiver for the Panthers.

“In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick,” an exec said.

On the other side of the situation, a Twitter hashtag of #VeteransForKaepernick began trending Tuesday night and continued Wednesday, with many vets supporting the player’s right to speak his mind whether or not they agree with him.

Wrote one vet: You don’t fight for freedom of speech then criticize someone for actually using it.

— One day after detailing his battle with throat cancer during a Tuesday appearance on WEEI’s Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Chris Mortensen announced that he plans to play a part in ESPN’s NFL coverage as the start of this season.

“I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that now enables me to completely focus on recovery rather than treatment,” Mortensen said in a statement. “The Stage IV throat [oropharyngel] cancer that was diagnosed in early January and treated with intensive chemotherapy and radiation has been virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease through the latest scans and exams.

“I do have scheduled exams and scans during the next three months to monitor my status but my oncologists have directed me to recover and rehab from the treatments that have resulted in lengthy hospitalization, significant weight loss, strength, endurance and related health issues. I am following instructions to overcome these challenges.

“My return-to-work status has variables with no definitive target date but I anticipate being able to participate in NFL coverage on a limited basis as the 2016 season gets underway.”

Mortensen was diagnosed in January and took a leave of absence while he sough treatment.

“It has been a long and difficult road for Mort since he was diagnosed, so hearing his positive news is very encouraging,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said. “As we have said all along, when Mort is able to return, his chair on our set will be waiting. He is a beloved member of our ESPN team, and we have really missed him these past few months.”

— Angels All-Star center fielder Mike Trout is OK after being involved in a serious car accident Wednesday night in Tustin, California, following his team’s home game in nearby Anaheim.

According to reports out of Southern California, Trout was trying to avoid an accident on the 55 freeway when his brakes locked up on his Mercedes sedan and he hit another vehicle. He was not injured, but a woman in the car he struck had to be rescued. Two people were sent to area hospitals after the two accidents. Videos and photos from the scene show Trout standing and talking to an official while checking his cell phone.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Trout, who is hitting .319 with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs, “feels fine” and was planning to travel with the team to Seattle on Thursday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 1, 1987, in separate transactions, the Red Sox traded away which two players who performed key roles on the 1986 American League championship team for players to be named later?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m going out there with the mindset, ‘I’m the starter.’ It’s a great opportunity to get these first four games. We’ll see where it goes from there. You never know what’s going to happen. It’s a crazy league, and anything’s possible, really.” — Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, during his Wednesday appearance on Kirk & Callahan

STAT OF THE DAY: .463 — Dustin Pedroia’s batting average since moving into the leadoff spot on Aug. 10, following his three-hit effort in the Red Sox’ 8-6 victory over the Rays on Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS: Tyler Collins hits a sacrifice fly to short left field in the ninth inning that scores JaCoby Jones as the Tigers get a walk-off win against the White Sox.

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell races toward the foul line and makes an impressive sliding catch against the Pirates to end a bases-loaded threat.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Henderson to the Giants (for Randy Kutcher), and Don Baylor to the Twins (for minor leaguer Enrique Rios)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry Gibb, the eldest Gibb brother of the Bee Gees, was born on this day in 1946. He’s on the left in this video.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian breaks down the NFL's supposedly "in depth" investigation of players involved in a PED report. He also discusses some alarming comments made by Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright.
Christian breaks down the NFL's supposedly "in depth" investigation of players involved in a PED report. He also discusses some alarming comments made by Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright.

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Christian discusses the Patriots QB situation on the eve of their fourth and final preseason game. He wonders how much of a leash the team will allow Jimmy Garoppolo in the regular season, with Jacoby Brissett starting to come on strong. He also speculates on the status of Tom Brady for the preseason finale
Christian discusses the Patriots QB situation on the eve of their fourth and final preseason game. He wonders how much of a leash the team will allow Jimmy Garoppolo in the regular season, with Jacoby Brissett starting to come on strong. He also speculates on the status of Tom Brady for the preseason finale

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We discuss the QB situation, Bill's longevity in the league, the players who lead, the 4th pre-season game and much more on this Patriots Monday-Wednesday.
We discuss the QB situation, Bill's longevity in the league, the players who lead, the 4th pre-season game and much more on this Patriots Monday-Wednesday.
We discuss what worked and what didn't work for the Sox as they blew the lead, but then came back to win an afternoon game at Fenway.